The Cityzens host The Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday

The Cityzens are certainly enroute to the Champions League with their blistering form. However Pep’s main goal is to win the Premier League and UEFA Champions League with Manchester City. Unfortunately for Manchester City, Arsenal are 5 points clear of them. The Gunners also have a game in hand and can possibly lengthen their lead.

Wolves on the other hand have only won 2 out of their last 5 games. They are struggling as well and need a win to boost their confidence. Wolves are currently 16th in the Premier League table just above the relegation zone.

Kick-off:

Sunday,22nd January; 7:30 pm (IST), 2:00 pm (GMT)

Manchester City Form (All Competitions): W D W L W

Wolverhampton Wanderers Form (All Competitions): L W L D W

Players To Watch

Manchester City 

Erling Haaland 

Nicolas Anelka won the PL Golden Boot in 2009 scoring 21 goals. Erling Haaland has already scored 22 goals in 19 games. The Norwegian striker is definitely going to end up as the top scorer. His blistering pace and precision makes him a very prolific striker. Haaland is certainly the missing piece for Pep Guardiola. After the departure of Sergio Aguero, Manchester City has missed a prolific striker. If Manchester City are to score against Wolves, it is highly probable that Erling Haaland will score.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ruben Neves

The Portuguese midfield maestro has been consistently good for Wolves over the years. Manchester City’s midfield is studded with the likes of Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Phil Foden and many more. Ruben Neves can definitely show up for Wolves in a difficult midfield battle. The Portuguese has scored 4 goals in 18 appearances for Wolves in the 2022-23 season.

Match Facts

  • Since losing two games against Wolves in the 2019-20 season, Manchester City have won five matches in a row since then. They have scored 16 goals and conceded only three in those 5 matches.
  • Wolves have received more red cards (3) against the Cityzens than they have against any other opponent. 

Injury and team news

Pep Guardiola was fairly frustrated with Manchester City despite a comeback win against Tottenham Hotspurs. It is highly probable that Pep can introduce some changes and use City’s squad depth to his strength.

Unfortunately for Wolves, they have some crucial absentees. Pedro Neto ,Chiquinho ,Boubacar Traore ,Sasa Kalajdzic are injured. New signings Pablo Sarabia and Mario Lemina can possibly play against Manchester as well.

Head-to-Head Stats

Matches: 127

Manchester City: 53

Draw: 25

Wolverhampton Wanderers: 49

Predicted Line-up

Manchester City predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

Ederson, Rico Lewis, John Stones, Akanji, Joao Cancelo, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland

Wolverhampton Wanderers predicted lineup (4-3-3): 

Jose Sa, Nelson Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno, Nunes, Ruben Neves, Moutinho, Hwang Hee-chan, Cunha, Podence

Prediction

Manchester City have a great chance to get back on top of the table. Pep’s team has not been at their very best however Manchester City shows up in crucial moments. Wolves on the other hand have some absentees which might cost them.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

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